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Feb. 3rd, 2009 | 09:03 am

I was saying that the strike was being specifically pushed as "against foreign workers", making strikers out to be racist. A couple of people mentioned an interesting contrast between footage on News At Ten, and footage in a much fuller report on Newsnight half an hour later, so I looked at the footage on iPlayer. Here are the two quotes, the former edited a little selectively.

News At Ten gets considerably more viewers than Newsnight. I don't have the figures from last night obviously, but from assorted amateur googling it seems to be four or five times as many at least on a weekday.

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from: janinazew
date: Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)

The news at ten footage made my jaw drop, it took a political line that was being pushed by the government rather than examining what was going on which seems very troublesome to me. I'd also like to know where that 'impartiality' went.

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from: danalcapone
date: Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)

I watched Newsnight last night. I've not been following the debate closely but I thought it was interesting that wages weren't mentioned at all. The idea of companies using foreign workers to undercut was completely off the agenda.

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from: anonymous
date: Feb. 3rd, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)

When you add up the costs of getting 300 workers here (and back and possibly to and fro several times during the contract), hiring a floating hotel, feeding them and paying them you wonder how they can cost less than British workers. This is a French contract, awarded to Americans, subcontracted to Italians, each of which has to make a profit - the numbers just don't stack up.

What exactly is it that the Italians can do that the British can't?

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